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Park View care home set to close

Closing: The Park View care home in Lincoln will close by September, with dozens of jobs lost in the process.

The Park View care home in Lincoln is set to close by September, the Lincolnshire County Council decided on Wednesday.

The announcement comes as the council is reforming its adult social care services structure at the eight care homes the authority owns and manages.

The Park View care home on St Botolph’s Crescent will be closed close along with The Cedars in Gainsborough, Ingelow Manor in Boston, Halmer Grange in Spalding and Crowtree House in Louth.

This is claimed to save the council £2million over the next two years, and around 220 jobs will be lost in the process.

The Lincoln care home currently provides 21 beds for dementia care and 70 day care sessions per week.

But by closing down Park View, the County Council will outsource the requirements for the house to external contractors, which are claimed to be cheaper.

Currently, the council reports that it is pursuing discussions to award Primelife with a contract for provision of 10 respite care beds.

Age Concern Lincoln is also listed to be awarded the day care contract for the 69 places needed from Park View.

The council’s three remaining care homes – Linelands in Nettleham, Bonner House in Sleaford and Harrison House in Grantham – will be retained for the next 2-3 years.

Councillor Graham Marsh, Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care at the Lincolnshire County Council said:

“We have looked closely at the consultation and considered the feedback from all who responded and worked with community liaison groups around each home.

“We want to ensure older people have the best accommodation and services in place to support them and improved, modern accommodation will be provided in the areas where the five homes will close.

“We have ensured there will be adequate provision of intermediate, respite and day care in all these areas and in many cases these will be enhanced.

“Detailed plans will be in place for the transition which will involve staff consultation and working with those who use the services and their families.

“Further work on developing improvements at the other three homes we are retaining will take place over the next 2-3 years.”